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Old 02-05-2016, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Chava61 View Post
One can get a studio for approx. 1k/month rent in NYC too which has good airport access & public transportation and isn't much further than Chicago.
$1K a month for a studio in NYC? It probably comes with 36,000,000,000 cockroaches.
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:17 PM
Location: Miami-Jax
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Assuming the caliber of metro isn't too important (if it were I'd say Chicago/Philly/Seattle) then cheaper cities with no income tax but decent car free environments would be Dallas, Houston, Miami and Seattle still fits as well. Note Houston has no rail connection to the airport but it's not too bad of an uber ride to IAH from the urban core. And while they do have income tax, I'd strongly consider Atlanta as well.

Originally Posted by james777 View Post
Since this will be your residence in the US for tax purposes, consider only states that have no state income tax (Florida, Texas, Nevada, New Hampshire, etc.). Pick one with a low cost of living and decent airport or rail connections to a major airport. It would be better if it is in a warm climate, as if you need to come home to visit in the middle of winter you won't want to have to deal with bad weather. My picks would be Las Vegas, Dallas/Ft Worth, Orlando, Jacksonville, or Tallahassee, Florida.
Since you mention Orlando and Jax, I'll just say they both have walkable areas to live but a "car free" lifestyle is pretty limiting. Depending on how much time you'd be spending at the actual home base it may not matter so much, but they are well below the level of the cities I mentioned earlier. On the positive side they both can offer pretty cheap residential options in those walkable neighborhoods, and in the case of Orlando there are lots of air options.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:24 AM
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Thanks for all the great info everyone.

What do you think about Austin? I see people mention other cities in Texas.
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:27 AM
Location: Miami-Jax
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Austin would be fine. I personally like Houston and Dallas more, but disregarding my personal preference, Austin's drawbacks are that it wouldnt be much cheaper yet it is much smaller (therefore offering fewer amenities), the airport has fewer flight options, and there is no rail to the airport. (But the airport bus is not bad, and Houston does not have airport rail either)
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